Data Entry Operator Salary

Data Entry Operators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.26 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.57 per hour and $16.79. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Data Entry Operators survey respondents are women (74 percent). Work is enjoyable for Data Entry Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,812 - $46,163
(Median)
$22K
$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $30,559
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$9.57 - $16.79
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,812 - $46,163  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,085  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,205 - $39,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.57 - $16.79  
   
Overtime
$12.26 - $25.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,085  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,205 - $39,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 514
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Job Description for Data Entry Operator

Most of the time, data entry operators work in an office. They must have a high school diploma or GED, but candidates who possess an associate’s degree are often preferred. Data entry operators enter applicable data into computers, often utilizing company-specific databases.

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Data Entry Operator Tasks

  • Receive all documents and enter the data into the on-line system on the PC.
  • Operate a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records.
  • Create and update databases.
  • Maintain a daily count of all claims processed.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Operator


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Though not the most common occurrence, Data Entry Operators sometimes become Office Managers, where the average income is $38K per year. Data Entry Operators typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Data Entry Specialists, and those positions pay $4K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Operator


Survey results show that Data Entry Operators typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, Typing, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. Most people skilled in Data Entry are similarly competent in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Data Entry Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $27K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. Data Entry Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $30K.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Data Entry Operator Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$27,000

Customer Service
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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